The Pale Horseman
This is the exciting—yet little known—story of the making of England in the 9th and 10th centuries, the years in which King Alfred ...more
Uhtred of Bebbanburg, Lord of Northumbria is as headstrong, arrogant, and fearless as ever. Now married with a child at the age of 21, he rode into battle to Cynuit and slaughtered the Danish leader, Ubba Lothbrokson. Fully expecting recognition for the deed upon his return to King Alfred, Uhtred meets the inexorable fate he always believed in. The pompous, self-important, Odda the Younger took the credit for the slaying, and no one, not even King A...more
His glory has been stolen by the coward Odda the Younger. He has claimed the victory at ...more
I read The Last Kingdom in 2015, while a book it didn't like enough to continue the series. Fast forward 2017, I started watching Vikings and I liked it very much, that in turn made me come back to this series. While the History's Viking has a different plot than this but the theme of Danes' invasion of England is where both match. I am very happy tha ...more
A fragile peace still holds in the realms of Britain. After the forces of Wessex prevailed at Cynuit, the Danes have pulled back. King Alfred thinks himself safe, but in truth the last kingdom of the Saxons is in grave peril...
Writing a sequel to an amazing novel can sometimes be amazingly hard. Bernard Cornwell fulfilled that task with style, and in the process created my personal favourite Uhtred novel and proved himself a master ...more
If I could write like this man, well, I'd be one very happy chick. And I do not want to write like this to make money, or make fans, or make myself famous, I just want to have this skill for myself, to know that I can do it, to know that I can create magic on paper, although, Bernard Cornwell, in this series at least, is more than merely skilled, he is an absolute master.
Would it be presumptuous of me to say that I think that he is a writer's writer? or mo ...more
HISTORY: at this time England was something of a bunch of Saxon Kingdoms. Seven, if memory serves. The Saxons had actually taken most of the Kingdom from the Britons & Welsh and had held a good chunk for several hundred years. Now, it's the late 800s and the Danes are seriously beating the Sa ...more
I can't even......
"And I looked," Pyrlig said to me, "and I saw a pale horse, and the rider's name was death,"
You like Viking?
You like badasses like my boyfriends, Uhtred??
You want a GOOD STORY????? THEN READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!
Also, I think its safe to say that buying all the books in the series before finishing the first one was a wise choice...
Cornwell always does a decent job of adding in just enough historical detail, both physical and immediate, to the story as well as historic and atmospheric for the background. Then he layers on his stock, misunderstood hero regardless of time or place and serves up another entertaining action/adventure story. Hard to argue with a winning recipe, other than the argument that the palette desires something new sooner or later, and that th ...more
In retrospect I wish I had read this book before watching The Last Kingdom. I had no idea that a 10 episode season would cover two books. That's partly because they glossed over half of the first book, and partly because they cut a lot of detail out.
I had been hop ...more
I really liked how the book covered a much shorter timespan than the previous volume, I felt that I got to know Uhtred more as a character.
This series is getting better and better!
Uhtred's arc was fun. Mainly because he's becoming a great warrior and we get to see him build his reputation. Proud and arrogant, fearless and unpredictable and thus respected and feared. But now he is also growing into a leader and a ...more
Uhtred is a warrior, and he is very good. He revels in his fight. He yearns for battle, with incredible enthusiasm. But he is still young and so ...more
All of the basic themes are present, betrayal, revenge, cruelty, heroism etc. The story never really slows down- it's pace is consistent with a building sensation towards the end. This was a good, brutal read. So far this series is a go-to consistently good read that I will return to from time to time.
This isn't just a war over land, it's a war about God. And Alfred...is Christ's servant...
The shield wall is a terrible place. It is where a warrior makes his reputation, and reputation is dear to us.
If you haven’t read the first book, turn back now. SPOILERS AHEAD!
The first book ends with the Battle of Cynuit, where Uhtred defeats Ubba. However, he has a choice, to go straight to Alfred to announce the victory or find his wife and son. He chooses to find his wife and son. This decision has a domino effect on the k ...more
After several disappointing endings in books lately, this was refreshing. The finish actually brought my rating up, instead of the opposite as some have done recently.
I've long heard that Bernard Cornwell is the best at describing battles. If I wasn't convinced already, I am now.
I loved the MC. He was a strong POV and it comes through in vivid and rich way. What's not to love? I have the next one in the s ...more
An entertaining adventure, full of action and leading to a spectacular battle scene, this was a gripping read. The time and place are brilliantly evoked, conveying what it was like to live in 9th century Wessex, as different tribes fought for supremacy, and Christianity took on the pagan gods.
The main problem for me is that Uhtred is a bit of a cartoon character. ...more
What can I say; I just adore mean old Uhtred, despite his flaws and his sometimes unethical behavior. I do believe one of Cornwell's flaws is he doesn’t write the best female characters, but I find his male characters so interesting and fun, it doesn’t bother me much.
I th ...more
Note: The reader for this reads everything in a super gruff voice that at times seems almost painful. I both enjoyed it and found it slightly comical.
That was actually a quote from the authors "historical note" listed at the books end.
I'm always nervous to read a second book in a series as I'm usually always disappointed. But, I loved book one so much and wanted to continue with Uthreds story. I happy to report that book 2 was all and more then I ...more
At the risk of giving away any of the plot, I'll keep this short. Uhtred & his companions have become so dear to me, it's like I have no choice but to continue their story, so I know I'm going to keep reading this series.
I think what does it for me is Cornwell's writing. His writing flows so well that the pages flew by, and I wasn't even aware that I was readi ...more
I was an arrogant brute. Still am.Confession: I love Uhtred. I love this world. I'm addicted to the brutality and the passion. I get a rush from the blood and fighting.
Cornwell knows how to deliver an exceptional story, told with passion and knowledge. Most imporantly, those insults rocked!
My reading goals for the year 2020 was to read more Epic Fantasy novels. Although, this is an Historical Fiction, I feel it's fitting the bill quite nicely.
The White Horse of Westbury. Possibly...more
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